Education & Online Learning

Adult Education Guide

Local Resources

  • Adult Learning Center–Boone County
    (573) 214-3803
    Adult Learning Center provides adult education and literary services, including GED/HiSET preparation, English as a Second Language (ESL), civics/citizenship, money management and workforce skills training. High school equivalency exam classes are offered free of charge.
  • English Language and Conversation–Boone County
    A list of free and fee-based programs for developing English Language skills compiled by the MU International Center.

Electronic Resources Available through DBRL

  • LearningExpress Library
    Learning Express provides test preparation materials for elementary through adult level. Tests include the ACT, ASVAB, Civil Service, Cosmetology, EMS, Firefighter, GED, GMAT, GRE, Law Enforcement, Paramedic, PPST, Real Estate, SAT, United States Citizenship and more.
  • Transparent Language Online (Byki)
    Transparent Language Online gives you the tools to learn any of 80 languages as well as English for non-native speakers. (Must create a username and password to access learning tools.)
  • Universal Class
    Universal Class offers over 500 online continuing education courses taught by real instructors with remote, 24/7 access so you can study on your schedule.

Other Online Courses and Tutorials

  • HiSET Preparation from ETS
    Free test preparation materials and practice tests for the HiSET. In 2014 the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will began using the HiSET test as its high school equivalency test, replacing the current GED.
  • MOLearns – High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing
    636-891-6649
    In 2014, the HiSET test replaced the current GED. MOLearns offers free HiSET preparation to Missouri residents. Participants need to be 17 years of age or older, have access to a computer with the Internet, have an email account, and be able to get to an onsite class to take placement tests.
  • ProLiteracy Education Network
    This nonprofit organization provides free resources for people of all ages to build their math, reading, writing and English skills. There is GED and US citizenship test preparation as well.

Other Programs in Missouri

  • Missouri Adult Education and Literacy Program
    573-751-1249
    The Adult Education and Literacy Program has sites located throughout Missouri. Courses taught vary by site, but most provide HiSET preparation courses, English as a Second Language courses, as well as math, reading and writing instruction.
  • Adult Education Transition Program–Ozarks Technical Community College
    417-447-8860
    This program, targeting participants’ academic needs that need to be reinforced, is offered free of charge and is offered on OTC’s Springfield, Ozark, Branson, Lebanon and Waynesville campuses.

Personal Enrichment

  • Columbia Area Career Center
    Browse and register for a variety of programs for personal enrichment ranging from fitness and hobbies to crafts and food.
  • University of Missouri Extension
    Offers several noncredit programs including Master Naturalist, Master Wildlifer, Master Gardener and Missouri Woodland Steward programs. Registration fees vary depending on the program.
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
    The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Missouri offers a variety of classes for adults 50 years of age or older. Please check the brochure and enrollment form available through the link above for current fees.

Select Reading Lists and Library Resources

ERIC

LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. The Education Resource Information Center provides bibliographic records of education-related journal articles and materials from other sources such as scholarly organizations, professional associations, research centers, and state and federal agencies.

Homeschooling Guide

Library Resources

  • LearningExpress Library
    Provides test preparation materials for elementary through adult level, as well as math, reading comprehension and writing courses.
  • Universal Class
    Offers online continuing education courses taught by real instructors in subjects like language arts, math, science and history.
  • Homework Help Databases
    A list of our best subscription resources to help with schoolwork on subjects ranging from history and literature to science and math. Just use your DBRL library card to gain access.
  • Books and magazines on homeschooling available through the library. (See more at call number 371.042 in Adult Nonfiction.)
  • St. Louis Art Museum Kits include replicas of art objects and artifacts as well as slides, posters, books, and either audiocassettes or videos and are available for a three-week check-out period.

State and Local Resources

Associations, Groups and Homeschooling Information
Curriculum Support and Classes
Things to Do

National Resources

Associations, Groups and Homeschooling Information
Curriculum Support

Homework Help Guide


These online learning tools and research websites are all off-site resources available for free with your library card.

Authors & Books

Books & Authors
Find a new author or a whole new series tailored to your reading taste. Can limit search to young adults or children.

Book Collection: Nonfiction – High School Edition
Search the full text of more than 2,450 popular nonfiction books for high school students on subjects like careers, health, life skills, ethnicity, sports, technology, history, science and more.

Book Collection: Nonfiction – Middle School Edition
Search the full text of more than 3,100 popular nonfiction books for middle school students on subjects like health, life skills, ethnicity, sports, adventure, technology, history, science and more.

Book Collection: Nonfiction – Elementary Edition
Search the full text of more than 1,300 popular nonfiction books for elementary school students on subjects like animals, weather, holidays, sports, Native Americans and more.

Literature Resource Center
Critical essays and biographical information on more than 120,000 authors. Can limit search by “target audience” (including children).

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
Online collection of 22,500 e-books. (Formerly NetLibrary.)

Novelist
Search for works by a favorite author, readalikes and book discussion guides.

General Research

AccessScience
McGraw-Hill’s Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.

Biography in Context
Biographies on more than 340,000 people.

CultureGrams Online
CultureGrams Online offers World, Kids, Canadian Provinces and U.S. States editions in which you’ll find maps, statistics, photo galleries, famous people and recipe collections.

MAS Ultra – School Edition
Designed for high school students, this database contains full text articles, biographies. primary source documents, reference books and images on topics ranging from science, history and literature to political science, career exploration and more.

Middle Search Plus
Designed for junior high and middle school students, this database features full text for magazines, biographies and historical essays; primary sources documents; the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia; American Heritage Dictionary; and photos, maps and flags.

World Book Online Reference Center
Every article from the print encyclopedia enhanced with state-of-the-art multimedia, maps, and more. Includes Spanish Student Discovery Encyclopedia, World Book Kids and World Book Reference Center.

History & Geography

A to Z the USA
Information about each state and U.S. territory, including history, climate, weather, demographics, geography, history and historical images.

African-American History Online
Provides expansive and in-depth information on the people, events, and topics important to the study of African-American history.

American History Online
Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience.

American Indian History Online
Offers thorough access to more than 15,000 years of Native American culture, history, and heritage.

American Women’s History Online
Covers the important people, events, legislation, and issues relevant to the study of women’s history in the United States.

Ancient and Medieval History Online
Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

Issues and Controversies in American History
Builds a deeper understanding of how historical events have shaped our nation by exploring the key players and the battles they fought.

Modern World History Online
Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history–from mid-15th century to the present.

U.S. Government Online
Presents in-depth information on the structure and function of the U.S. government and its everyday role in the lives of citizens.

Magazines & Newspapers

MasterFILE Premier
Provides full text and images from a wide range of general interest magazines.

NewsBank
Full-text articles from the Fulton Sun and other American newspapers.

Newspaper Source
Cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 national and international newspapers as well as selective full text for more than 370 regional papers, including the Columbia Daily Tribune.

SIRS Issues Researcher
General reference database containing thousands of full-text articles exploring social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues.

Practice Tests & Exercises

Learning Express Library
Learning Express provides test preparation materials for elementary through adult level. Also includes sections useful for elementary school, middle school, and high school skills improvement, with diagnostic tests and practice exercises as well as math, reading comprehension and writing courses.

LearningExpress Library

LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Access test preparation materials for elementary through adult level. Includes the ACT, ASVAB, Civil Service, EMS, Firefighter, GED, GMAT, GRE, Law Enforcement, Paramedic, PPST, Real Estate, SAT, United States Citizenship and more.

Lynda.com

LOG IN TO THIS RESOURCE. Lynda.com offers video tutorials on technology skills, creative techniques, business strategies and other subject areas. Classes are taught by top experts and are set up so you can learn at your own pace.

Test Prep Guide

Practice Tests

  • LearningExpressLibrary
    Learning Express provides test preparation materials for elementary through adult level. Tests include the ACT, ASVAB, Civil Service, Cosmetology, EMS, Firefighter, GED, GMAT, GRE, Law Enforcement, Paramedic, PPST, Real Estate, SAT, United States Citizenship and more.
  • ACT Student
    Online ACT test preparation offers free practice questions and two complete ACT practice tests that are fee-based.
  • College Board
    Free practice questions are available for SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, AP, and CLEP. Online and paper study guides are available to purchase.
  • ETS: Educational Testing Service
    This site offers free links to practice questions for several standard tests such as GRE, TOEFL and SAT. Test preparation guides are also available for purchase.
  • Study Guide Zone
    Free site offers study guides to over 40 high school, college, graduate and vocational standardized tests.
  • Test Prep Review
    This free service provides practice test questions for ACT, PSAT, SAT, GRE and over 60 other standardized tests.

GED / HiSET


NOTE: In 2014 the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) began using the HiSET test as its high school equivalency test, replacing the GED. See DESE’s website for more information.

  • Adult Learning Center – Boone County
    (573) 214-3803
    Adult Learning Center provides adult education and literacy services, including HiSET (High School Equivalency) preparation, English as a Second Language (ESL), civics/citizenship, money management and workforce skills training. Classes are structured to provide various learning formats to address your style of learning. Teaching techniques include individualized, group and computerized instruction. High school equivalency exam classes are offered free of charge.

GRE

TOEFL

Tests: Classroom, Online or Tutor

  • Adult Basic Education – Callaway County
    (573) 642-6388 ext. 0
    GED classes are free and open to anyone who is over 16 and not currently enrolled in any public school. Classes are open enrollment and you work at your own pace. A state certified teacher facilitates evening classes to assist the student when necessary. The classes help the student to prepare for the GED exam, learn to read, improve workplace performance skills, or just brush up on the basics! Attendance and performance records are kept confidential.
  • Adult Learning Center – Boone County
    (573) 214-3803
    Adult Learning Center provides adult education and literacy services, including GED / HiSET preparation, English as a Second Language (ESL), civics/citizenship, money management and workforce skills training. Classes are structured to provide various learning formats to address your style of learning. Teaching techniques include individualized, group and computerized instruction. High school equivalency exam classes are offered free of charge.
  • Columbia Area Career Center
    Columbia Area Career Center offers a wide variety of Business and Industry courses. Exam Classes include EPA Refrigeration Handlers, EPA Automotive Air Conditioning, Journeyman Electrician, A+ Certification and Network+ Certification. All classes are fee-based.
  • Columbia Area Career Center – Online Career Certification Programs
    Career certification programs include: Accounting, Bookkeeping, Graphic Design, Home Inspection, Medical Coding, Medical Transcription, PC Repair and many more. All online certification classes are fee-based.
  • HiSET Preparation from ETS
    Free test preparation materials and practice tests for the HiSET (replaced the GED in 2014).
  • Kaplan Test Prep
    (573) 443-8378 or 1-800-KAP-TEST
    Kaplan offers a large variety of high school, college, graduate and professional test classes. This is a commercial site that offers classroom, online and tutoring for a fee.

Universal Class

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